LAURA HARRIS - Learning to Fly
Includes Laura Harris
Saturday, April 13 from 2 - 5 pm
Laura Harris spent many years tucked away cosily in her garden studio. The walls bare, bar errant splashes of paint, and the room simple but furnished with well worn and equally paint dashed furniture. Her art flourished here, but she felt a desire to shake things up.
In 2018 she swapped bird song and green lawns for a Victoria (BC) based studio. This change of pace has breathed new life into her art and on Saturday April 13th from 2-5pm Laura will be at Canada House Gallery (201 Bear Street, Banff) for an artist reception to share a collection of her new work. Come, and discover it for yourself!
"I guess I started to notice it last year sometime. Some days it would feel strong and almost pull me – toward what, I didn’t know. Other days it would be more like a little nudge from the corner. I couldn’t put it into words, but I felt it almost every day, particularly around studio time. Something was shifting. My studio was a sweet little cottage with just enough room to make a good mess. It was picturesque, still, quiet, and private. I was comfortable. Ya, I said it: COMFORTABLE. Hmm.
Not a good place for me. I realized I needed to be uncomfortable.
That little something I could feel was my creative mojo growing restless, and it began shouting at me, “Move. I needed to move my body, move my mind, and yes, move my studio to a much more untamed, loud, active place. I needed to disrupt. I needed to be afraid, to experiment, to feel vulnerable, to create new, unexpected things. And I needed to have the energy and space to do it. It was time for renewal and reinvention. While I was craving change – my art required it.
This new space feels limitless and exciting. A bright spark has been lit in me and my work. Every day I move, connect, explore, and watch. There’s a new energy flowing around me and it feels magical."
LIKE THE SUN ON YOUR SKIN AND WATER AT YOUR FEET
mixed media, canvas
60 x 48 in.